Sister Benson Dies at 91

“Sister Benson Dies at 91,” Ensign, Oct. 1992, 73

Sister Benson Dies at 91

Sister Flora Amussen Benson

Sister Flora Amussen Benson

Flora Smith Amussen Benson, 91, wife of President Ezra Taft Benson, died August 14 at their home in Salt Lake City of causes incident to age.

She was born 1 July 1901 in Logan, Utah. She attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, where she met her future husband.

Following Brother Benson’s service as a missionary to England, Flora served twenty months in the Hawaiian Mission. After she returned, the couple were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 10 September 1926.

The Bensons have two sons and four daughters, thirty-four grandchildren, and fifty-one great-grandchildren.

Sister Benson served in numerous ward and stake callings.

President Benson has said that his wife played, sang, cried, and studied with their children. “When problems arose, she always went to the Lord in prayer. She instilled in all her children a strong testimony of the gospel, and to me she has always been a constant inspiration.”

On August 19, President Benson and his family attended Sister Benson’s funeral services, held at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

“This tremendous family is but the lengthening shadow of a great and noble woman,” observed President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, who conducted the services. “[Sister Benson] has lived these many, many years honorably and uprightly, with faith and integrity.”